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PUBH724 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods

Development of skills to plan and undertake a qualitative study including identifying research questions suitable for qualitative study, recruiting participants, collecting and analysing data.

This paper will give students an understanding of the strengths and the theoretical underpinnings of qualitative methodologies used in public health research from different disciplinary perspectives. We will look at a range of qualitative methodologies, as well as the usual ways of collecting qualitative data. Students will develop skills on how to assess and ensure the rigour of qualitative studies, as well as ensure that ethical issues are addressed in the design of their research. The paper takes an experiential approach, with students working on a research topic of their interest. It will provide a good grounding for undertaking qualitative research at a master's level.

Paper title Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods
Paper code PUBH724
Subject Public Health
EFTS 0.1250
Points 15 points
Teaching period(s) 1st Non standard period (24 April 2017 - 16 June 2017), 1st Non standard period (24 April 2017 - 16 June 2017), 1st Non standard period (24 April 2017 - 16 June 2017)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,346.38
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,562.50

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Restriction
PUBH 708
Limited to
MA, MSc, MHealSc, MPH, DPH, PGDipArts, PGDipHealSc, PGDipPHC, PGCertPH, PGCertPHC
Notes
(i) PGCertPHC and PGDipPHC students require approval from the Board of Studies in Primary Health Care to enrol for this paper. (ii)This paper runs for the second half of first semester
Eligibility
Students who have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline or recognised equivalent
Contact
Wellington Campus: publichealth.uow@otago.ac.nz
Christchurch Campus: publichealth.uoc@otago.ac.nz
Dunedin Campus: postgrad.publichealthdunedin@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Wellington Campus: Dr Hera Cook
Christchurch Campus: Associate Professor Gillian Abel (Overall Convenor)
Dunedin Campus: Dr Jen Moore
Paper Structure
Topics:
  1. Introduction to social research; literature searching
  2. Planning and designing qualitative research; writing a literature review
  3. Postpositive/constructionist approaches; in-depth interviews; ethnographic research; field practices
  4. Critical theory approaches; focus groups
  5. Postmodern approaches; using documents
  6. Qualitative analysis; presenting research
Assessment:
  • Assignment 1 - 45%
  • Assignment 2 - 55%
Teaching Arrangements
Wednesday mornings: 9.00 am – 12.00 pm
One block day, 11 May 2016: 9.00 am – 4.00 pm
Textbooks
Text to be confirmed. Please contact the Department.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the assumptions underpinning qualitative research methodologies
  • Demonstrate an understanding of qualitative methods to recruit participants, collect data and analyse data
  • Plan a rigorous qualitative study

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Timetable

1st Non standard period (24 April 2017 - 16 June 2017)

Location
Christchurch
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Moodle

1st Non standard period (24 April 2017 - 16 June 2017)

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Moodle

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Wednesday 09:00-11:50 17-18, 20-22

Workshop

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
W1 Wednesday 09:00-11:50 19
Wednesday 13:00-15:50 19

1st Non standard period (24 April 2017 - 16 June 2017)

Location
Wellington
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Moodle

Development of skills to plan and undertake a qualitative study including identifying research questions suitable for qualitative study, recruiting participants, collecting and analysing data.

This paper will give students an understanding of the strengths and the theoretical underpinnings of qualitative methodologies used in public health research from different disciplinary perspectives. We will look at a range of qualitative methodologies, as well as the usual ways of collecting qualitative data. Students will develop skills on how to assess and ensure the rigour of qualitative studies, as well as ensure that ethical issues are addressed in the design of their research.

The paper takes an experiential approach, with students working on a research topic of their interest. It will provide a good grounding for undertaking qualitative research at master's level.

Paper title Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods
Paper code PUBH724
Subject Public Health
EFTS 0.1250
Points 15 points
Teaching period(s) 1st Non standard period (23 April 2018 - 15 June 2018), 1st Non standard period (23 April 2018 - 15 June 2018), 1st Non standard period (23 April 2018 - 15 June 2018)
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Restriction
PUBH 708
Limited to
MA, MSc, MHealSc, MPH, DPH, PGDipArts, PGDipHealSc, PGDipPHC, PGCertPH, PGCertPHC
Notes
(i) PGCertPHC and PGDipPHC students require approval from the Board of Studies in Primary Health Care to enrol for this paper. (ii) This paper runs for the second half of first semester. (iii) Please note that from 2019, this paper will be offered in the second half of the second semester.
Eligibility
Students who have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline or recognised equivalent
Contact
Wellington Campus: publichealth.uow@otago.ac.nz
Christchurch Campus: publichealth.uoc@otago.ac.nz
Dunedin Campus: postgrad.publichealthdunedin@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Wellington Campus: Dr Hera Cook
Christchurch Campus: Associate Professor Gillian Abel (Overall Convenor)
Dunedin Campus: Dr Jude Sligo
Paper Structure
Topics:
  1. Introduction to social research; literature searching
  2. Planning and designing qualitative research; writing a literature review
  3. Postpositive/constructionist approaches; in-depth interviews; ethnographic research; field practices
  4. Critical theory approaches; focus groups
  5. Postmodern approaches; using documents
  6. Qualitative analysis; presenting research
Assessment:
  • Assignment 1 - 45%
  • Assignment 2 - 55%
Teaching Arrangements
Wednesday mornings: 9am - 12pm
One block day (date to be confirmed) May 2018: 9am - 4pm
Textbooks
Tracy S (2013). Qualitative Research Methods: Collecting evidence, crafting analysis, communicating impact. West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell.(Available as an E-book through the University library)
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the assumptions underpinning qualitative research methodologies
  • Demonstrate an understanding of qualitative methods to recruit participants, collect data and analyse data
  • Plan a rigorous qualitative study

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Timetable

1st Non standard period (23 April 2018 - 15 June 2018)

Location
Christchurch
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Moodle

1st Non standard period (23 April 2018 - 15 June 2018)

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Moodle

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Wednesday 09:00-11:50 17-18, 20-22

Workshop

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
W1 Wednesday 09:00-11:50 19
Wednesday 13:00-15:50 19

1st Non standard period (23 April 2018 - 15 June 2018)

Location
Wellington
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Moodle